|Former U.S. Representative from Florida's 24th District|
From: January 3, 2003-January 3, 2009
|Predecessor||New district created after 2000 Census|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Stewart Feeney|
Thomas Charles "Tom" Feeney III (born May 21, 1958) is a Republican politician from Florida and a former U.S. Representative from Florida's 24th congressional district, which encompasses a portion of eastern Central Florida. He lost in the 2008 elections to Suzanne Kosmas for Congress.
Feeney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 1980, he earned a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1983, and soon afterwards moving to Oviedo County, Florida. He opened and still operates a private practice there.
Feeney was one of the most conservative members of the United States House of Representatives. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1990 as a Republican, serving two terms before running for lieutenant governor of Florida. The running mate of Jeb Bush, the team lost by a small margin. Feeney returned to the House in 1996 and eventually became Speaker in 2000.
A controversy arose regarding two congressional districts gained in the 2000 United States census, where Feeney allegedly drew the district for himself. However, he was elected in 2002, 2004 (unopposed), and 2006 with 58%.
The Washington Waste Watchers, a group Feeney founded, monitors and combats wasteful government spending. He was also known for the Conservative Check Card - which allowed fellow Republicans to identify legislation to be compliant with conservative principles.
Beginning in 2003, Feeney was under fire for corruption charges, which included accepting a trip from now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff to Scotland, and failure to disclose rental property in his 2003 financial reporting.
Although Feeney admitted the trip to Scotland was a "rookie mistake," later paid for the trip himself, and submitted a campaign ad in the 2008 elections admitting to his past, his tactic failed. Kosmas won by a large margin - 57 percent to 41 percent - the largest margin of defeat for a Republican incumbent in 2008.